POLICE have confirmed a body recovered from the Wear last month is that of missing Washington man Colin Pine.
Football fan Mr Pine, 55, had been missing since Sunday, December 21, 2014.
He failed to return to his home in Ennerdale, Albany, after going out to watch the Tyne/Wear derby.
Police received a report from a member of the public that a man’s body had been found on the banks of the River Wear in St Luke’s Road on January 17.
The RNLI inshore lifeboat and the local Coastguard rescue team recovered the body from close to the hulk of a concrete tug.